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About Co-operatives

 The Statement on the Co-operative Identity states that a co-operative is an “autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”

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Co-operatives are a business model that make sense socially, environmentally, and financially. They balance people, planet, and profit, and as a result, tend to be more sustainable businesses with a high success rate. Twice as many co-operatives remain in operation compared to other forms of business enterprise after 10 years!

What makes a co-operative different?

A Snapshot of Ontario's Co-operative Sector

Ontario's co-operatives are an important part of the social and economic fabric of the province and play a key role in building a more sustainable and equitable economy.

  • There are close to 1,200 co-operative businesses in the province with combined assets of $76B.

  • Financial co-operatives own over $70B in assets and generate $2.9B in revenue annually.

  • Non-financial co-operatives own $6B in assets and generate $5B in revenue annually.

  • 72% of the province's co-operative businesses are Not-for Profits and 28% are for-Profit.

  • Over 19,000 individuals are employed full-time by a co-operative, earning a combined $891M in annual income. 

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Learn more about co-operatives.


Co-ops 101

Let our award-winning educators introduce you to the incredible co-operative sector through our interactive program.


Our Members

A map and directory showcasing the diversity of co-operatives within our membership.



A series of free FactSheets covering a variety of topics about co-operatives. 



A snapshot of the Economic Impact of Co-operatives in Ontario. 


Co-operatives & Mutuals Canada

The national co-operative association's website is full of great resources on



International Co-operative Alliance

The ICA's website is also great resource on all things co-operative.

Ontario's co-operatives are part of a global community of co-operatives with over 1 billion members and united in the goal of creating a better world for all. 

The Co-operative 

Brand & Identity

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The Sustainable

Development Goals

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